Without doubt the best British supermarket on the quality food stakes. However, this - and its buying power - pitches its prices out of the everyday reach of many. It's a good example of how all supermarkets have improved during the last few years.
You'll find a comprehensive fruit and vegetable department generally with interesting exotics, plus fresh herbs and organic vegetables; a meat and poultry section that includes items from farms which run on a free-range system, and meat that has been traditionally hung, without too much hurry; plus some seasonal game. Like most supermarkets the fish counter relies too heavily on products that have previously been frozen, but their fishmongers are well trained and can give useful cooking advice.
On the cheese front they have to stock basic factory made plastic-wrapped varieties, but there are also many specialist cheeses on offer. Similarly the charcuterie looks impressive but relies on fast moving items, rather than better specialist products. Their bread is of a standard and variety undreamt of by supermarkets, and most bakers, only a decade ago.
Their decision to introduce produce from local producers is another step in the right direction.
- Open: Mon-Sat 8.00-22.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Bacon top class Baked Beans - organic Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Beef - oxtail Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bombay Mix Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Brawn Bread Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - rye Bread - sour dough / sourdough Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes Cakes - corporate Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Calves liver Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chocolate Brownies Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Couscous Crab - Dressed Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Damsons Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck legs for confit Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Dulce de Leche Eggs - Duck Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fish Kettle Loan Fish soup Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Flour - bread mixes Flour - stone ground Flour - organic Flour - buckwheat Flour for breadmakers Flour - good selection Flour - rye Flour - spelt Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - dried slices Fruit - fresh Fruit - tinned Game; general Gammon Joints Gifts Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Groceries Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hampers - (all suppliers will need a little notice) Christmas Hampers Harisa/Harrissa Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Ice cream - organic Italian groceries Jam & preserves Jam & preserves - organic Kippers Kippers - undyed Kosher groceries Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat pies Meat - organic & additive-free Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mulled wine sachets Mullet grey Mullet red - in season Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - dried Mussels - fresh in season Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Ocean Sticks Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olive Oil - organic Olives Oysters - Rock Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Patisserie - fresh Peanut Oil (groundnut) Peppers - sun-dried Perry Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pumpkin Seed Oil Quail Quiche Rice paper Rice; specialist Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Samphire - Marsh (in season) Sardines - fresh in season Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Pork Sausages - Beef Sausages - gluten free Scallops - fresh Bay Seaweed - dried Sesame Oil Shortbread Skate / Ray Smoked Chicken Smoked Eel Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked Salmon Paté Smoked trout Smoked venison Sorbet/Water Ice Soup - top quality Speck Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Toffee Tofu Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout Paté Trout - Rainbow Truffle Oil Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - organic Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - Exotic Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Wedding Cakes Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk